Posts Tagged ‘international adoption’

A Chance to DREAM

For many of us, we hear the concept of “dreaming” from a young age.  If we are lucky, we hear from our parents, from our siblings or from other adults in our lives, that we should dream big.  We are encouraged to set goals for ourselves and not doubt that we can reach them.  We Read more…

Children with FASD and their potential

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Meet Paige, she is 3, she is cheerful and easily establishes relationships with adults and children.  Paige has signs of FAS, however despite Paige’s challenges she continues to learn and grow. 1.  To learn more about our precious children amanda.m@chiadopt.org and jill.d@chiadopt.org  2. Texas Christian Institute; The Institute of Child Development Read more…

Looking Through the Lens of Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a “general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”  The “spectrum” has come to include all the varying sub-types that use to be individually characterized.  “Autism appears to have Read more…

Stability within Sibling Group Adoption

Sibling Group Adoption Why It’s So Important, Why You Should Consider It “Sibling group adoption is a powerful way to bless not only the children involved, but the children you already have in your home and yourselves as well. That’s because there is nothing so powerful, and so important than the relationships we have with Read more…

A Split Spine Doesn’t Stop Me

Kelsey smiles and reaches for a toy block.  She stacks them high and knocks them over as she giggles to herself.  With a look of pure joy on her face she isn’t thinking about what she can’t do.  She isn’t sitting there complaining that she can’t just stand up and walk across the room.  She Read more…

Determination Over CAH (Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia)

Jaden is ready to take on the world!  His big brown eyes show that immediately.   He was diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) – classical salt-wasting form.  He is also undergoing therapy for the secondary arterial hypertension – Captopril, Furanthril.  He has delayed neuropsychological development and would benefit from individual work with a psychologist.  He has Read more…

Not Too Old To Be Loved

Youth Are Never Too Old to Be Adopted By Cynthia Flynn and Wendy Welch “You are never too old to be adopted,” said one young woman during an interview for a recently completed study on successful adolescent adoptions. “It’s the most important thing that happened to me,” said another adoptee. “I got a family and Read more…

Epilepsy in children

About 2.5 million people in the United States have epilepsy.  The incidence of epilepsy is higher in young children and older adults. About 300,000 American children under the age of 14 have epilepsy. It affects children at different ages, and in different ways. For some, it will be a temporary problem, easily controlled with medication, Read more…

One Very Little Boy With Huge Determination!

Lower GI Malformations

Close to 4 million children are born each year in the US.  One in 5,000 will be born with an anorectal malformation.  Imperforate anus and anal atresia are two common types of lower GI malformations.  These conditions have no known genetic component.  Like cleft lip and palate, anorectal malformations are birth defects potentially caused in some Read more…

Making an Impact and Working Together

A historic event took place last week.  Both End’s Burning brought together delegates from 20 countries.  Experts, facilitators and country hosts to discuss how we all can better serve vulnerable children with Family care as the core value of the child welfare systems.  We hope this will spark awareness and  change so more children will Read more…

Adopting an Older Child

When the waiting child files come in to the office we excitedly peruse the medical information and photos and scurry to get the word out so that we can find a family! The toddlers are all adorable and the children with more severe medical needs can be heartbreaking. But the older kids, the older kids Read more…

Apert Syndrome-Not Quite Siblings

  Little Milo is just two years old and lives in foster care along with his foster sister Mikayla.  They are both waiting to be adopted and their foster family would love to see them be placed together in the same home as they are very attached to eachother.  Both children were born with Apert Read more…

Look at What We Can Do!

In all of our programs worldwide we have children with down syndrome waiting to be adopted. These children range in age from about one year on up. Many of these children have been placed in institutions because of their extra chromosome. They have no real future without a family. October is Down Syndrome awareness month Read more…

Adoption Funding Resource!

There is a new free resource available for adoptive families.  Resources4Adoption.com is a comprehensive source for aspiring adoptive families. It is designed based on real experience, research and interviews to remove financial barriers so loving families’ adoptive dreams can come true!   Adoptive Families can download a comprehensive, up-to-date FREE Financial Resources Chart that contains Read more…

From A to Z and Nutrition

Monday, October 25, 2010 From A to Z and Nutrition Stories A new handy resource for parents from our government is a short and informative A-Z format Parents Guide to International Adoption.  This is a quick look at some key information that parents can review when getting started in the sometimes daunting process of adopting internationally!  Read more…

Both Ends Burning Campaign

The mission “A family is a child’s most basic human right. Both Ends Burning is a broad-based campaign to create a new system of international adoption so that the world’s orphaned and abandoned children can benefit from the support of a permanent family. Children who have families thrive and lead healthy, meaningful lives. Children who Read more…

TB Test Requirement for the US Embassy

In many countries (Ethiopia, China and now India) the US Embassy requires children receive a tb test by a panel physician.  The tuberculosis skin test (also known as the tuberculin test or PPD test) is a test used to determine if someone has developed an immune response to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). This Read more…

ATTACHING IN ADOPTION & NURTURING ADOPTIONS

These books provide two excellent resources for families as they help their children adjust to a new life in their home – Attaching in Adoption and Nurturing Adoptions by Deborah Gray. The first book was published in 2002 and my children were already fourteen years old (adopted domestically). I immediately wished I had read it Read more…

PBS Adoption Series Continues with “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee”

Click here to view this intriguing documentary which is part 3 of the PBS point of view on adoption series> “In 1966, Cha Jung Hee was an 8-year-old girl at Sun Duck Orphanage who became one of the thousands of Korean orphans adopted by Americans in the years following the Korean War. U.S. military presence, Cold Read more…